Thank you for all your ongoing support and for sticking with me throughout all the holiday spam. After every holiday I love to share my recommendations with you because I know when I travel I love recommendations.
But before we get onto the recommendations, I want to say how amazing their public transport is. We walked or caught trains everywhere. It was so easy to use and I highly encourage you to use their trains if you want to check out the sights below.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a must! Its this massive plot of greenery smack bang in the middle of the CBD. Well if I’m honest its not exactly in the middle but it’s pretty central. Its pretty cool how they have all these difference plants, trees and flowers all under the same roof so make sure to have a look at the gardens. Also the air conditioning is a nice change from the humid weather.
If you get a bit peckish there are some restaurants inside, but I think they were a bit over priced. Marina Bay Sands is close by so just go there after, which takes me onto my next recommendation.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is a must for all tourists. It’s a really massive shopping complex that is linked to the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Personally the shops weren’t my fave, but still worth checking out. The shops were predominately high end which makes it a bit hard to shop up a storm.
However they did have some amazing restaurants there. Our personal fave, but also very random was The Bird Southern Table and Bar which was classic American food. Think fried chicken and mac and cheese. On the negative side we had a bad experience at Long Chim. We ordered a Chicken Green Curry which was ridiculously spicy even though it didn’t have a spicy symbol on the menu. Our waitress did mention it was a bit spicy but both Ben and I were so surprised by how spicy it was. The spice was so much that our stomachs were a bit queasy the next day- if you know what I mean…
Haji Lane/ Little India
Little India was Ben’s favourite experience in Singapore, I know random… Little India is a great cultural experience and a good preview into India. We had a look around and had some lunch at a hole in the wall place called, Bismillah Biryani Restaurant. While it didn’t look like much it was delicious and only cost us about $20 for a full meal and drinks.
We were also recommended to check out Haji Lane. Now don’t make the same mistake as us- its close to Little India but you can take a train that’s closer. So we recommend catch a train between the two- its only 2 stops away or 30 minutes walking in the extreme humidity.
Onto Haji Lane, my personal fave. Haji Lane is literally a lane of colourful boutiques and cafes. There’s some really cute clothes and homewares stores and this is where I shopped up a storm. I found this store called Nino’s which you need to check out if you’re there. The two dresses featured below are from Nino’s and I’ve already received so many compliments about both dresses.
I know everyone talks about going to Orchard Road for shopping but we both found it overrated. Orchard Road has the same shops, you go to Louis Vuitton then a couple hundred metres there’s another one then another. The only good thing is that at least you can see some fast fashion shops such as H&M and Forever 21. Then again it gets repetitive.
And of course we had to go to Raffles for the original Singapore Sling. It was recommended to go in the late afternoon, so after 2pm so you wouldn’t have to wait and we couldn’t agree me. When you walk in don’t slip on any peanut shells. Its customary to eat peanuts and throw the shells on the floor. Now onto the Singapore Sling, its pricey so be prepared. I think it was $31 or close to it. But its literally the most divine cocktail you’ll ever have. Much better than I expected. I wanted more, but at $31 I couldn’t justify it.
If you like the idea of street food, then you need to check out a Hawker Hall. We went to Lau Pa Sat which is not the best Hawker Hall but walking distance from our hotel. I really loved it, because there was a great mix of locals and tourists. The food was great, think cheap and cheerful. So make sure to check one out and order a satay chicken.
For Singapore Crab I asked a few people where to go and everyone recommended Jumbo Seafood. I was a little thrown off since it was a chain, but I was wrong, it was delicious! Big tip, make a reservation which you can easily do it online. Also don’t wear white or any fancy jewellery. And order the fried rice its delicious.
We went to the one at Clarke Quay as its pretty central and close to bars. The bars remind me of Darling Harbour, so more touristy then trendy. Worth strolling around if you go to that Jumbo Seafood otherwise you can skip on Clarke Quay.
So there you have it, a quick recap of how we spent our 5 days. There’s quite a bit we missed out, but we wanted to enjoy our time and didn’t want to rush around. The one big regret was not doing the Night Safari. I don’t know enough about it but I recommend checking it out and trying to book a couple of months in advance.
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